So I'm finally 280 pages into Harbour. I'm hoping to get it done by the end of this month as I've decided to ignore doing anything else for the next two weeks (relaxation wise) and finally finish this book.
I have just reached the point where the truth about what is happening to Elin has been sort of revealed...the fact that her grotesque mutilation is the result of the former deceased Elsa...and I guess what would be the return of Henrik and Bjorn.
One of the biggest things I can say that I'm really loving about this book thus far is the Rich History that JAL has enfused into the fictional island of Domaro. I've really enjoyed the way in which he has been setting this small Island and its Shady or Cursed History up. With each chapter comes a rather pleasing reveal and is pulling me even further in.
The book so far reminds me a lot of something like Silent Hill, as in Anders descent into not only depression but what I guess would be his obsession to know what happened to Maja...or even The Wicker Man (in a way, in regards to the sacrifice rituals of Domaro).
I still have another 220 pages but right now the book is really coming together in a nice way. His use of going back and forward in time works effortsly and keeps me constantly intrigued and fascinated.
I particually enjoyed the introduction to Bjorn and Henrik...I also really like the detail of his charecters. The depictions of Anna-Greta and Simon's rather complex history and relationship in particular...and yes I got a small chuckle out of JAL's depiction of their elderly sex
The Spiritus raises a few questions though...but alas I will not ask them untill I'm done with the book.
Anyways, 280 pages in and thought I'd take a time out to reflect on the book thus far. It isn't quite beating LTROI
for me, but I am finding it a fair bit better than Handling the Undead
...which is not a slight against Handling, I did enjoy Handling
, but the constant mystery and intrique of Harbour I can say is pulling me through with a lot of ease. Something I couldn't say for Handling
Anyways good job so far John...see you again in another 220 pages